The main task of the Bank of Pathogens is to collect and protect microorganisms pathogenic to plants (fungi, bacteria). The collection was established in 1996 and is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Economy.
The collection contains approx. 2000 fungal isolates and over 200 bacterial strains. Each pathogen is protected by at least two complementary methods and is documented in detail. The vast majority of pathogens come from Poland.
The stored microorganisms are:
A list of pathogens stored in the Bank's Collection is available at:
The Bank of Pathogens also keeps in deposit any quarantine microorganisms, which for legal and safety reasons are stored at the Research Centre for Quarantine, Invasive and Genetically Modified Organisms IPP – NRI in Poznań.
Quarantine organisms can only be shipped upon receiving the appropriate permit issued
by the Voivodeship Inspector of Plant Health and Seed Inspection.